The season may only be a month and a half young, but it’s becoming vastly apparent that Manchester City are the dominant force in England thus far.
The Citizens have enjoyed an electrifying start to the season, much to their neighbours’ frustration. In fact, it appears Manchester United have been struck with great envy over City’s 100% league start.
One area in particular with which United prove particularly aggrieved, proves the disparity in the club’s respective youth system. It seems the Red Devils are planning to bridge the gap though with an odd, but daring tactic.
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Before City and United met at Old Trafford for the first Manchester Derby of the season, both sides boasted a perfect record. However, the Sky Blues’ superb 2-1 win has seen fortunes differ since.
Pep Guardiola’s men have risen to the top of the table, while Jose Mourinho finds himself in seventh.
This, unsurprisingly, has prompted prominent concern in the red side of Manchester. Moreover, Ed Woodward and co seem to be of the opinion that the club’s youth system has played a role in this disparity.
According to the Mirror, the United hierarchy have been trying to put their finger on the reasons behind the yawning gap emerging between their and their neighbours’ youth set ups.
This was particularly apparent last season when Manchester City’s under-14s slaughtered their city rivals by a scoreline of 9-0 no less.
The Old Trafford young star supply line seems to have stalled. Marcus Rashford has bucked the trend, but compared to City’s rich flow of talent, they are lagging behind.
However, the Red Devils seem so clueless as to how to solve their issue that they look set to simply copy their bitterest rivals.
Not only will they adopt similar tactics, but literally use the same personnel.
The Mirror claim that Woodward has identified four City scouts that have proven particularly influential. Furthermore, his lengthily investigation has supposedly concluded that the club should, as a result, purchase the scouts.
It is believed that the vice-chairman will offer the quartet a pay rise potentially exceeding 50%. Nevertheless, Manchester City are hopeful of holding onto the men who spotted talent such as Kelechi Iheanacho.
However, even if United do pull off this unlikely raid, it’s even more doubtful as to whether this will prove the quick fix to their problems.
The Sky Blues have more than just mercurial scouts at their disposal. After all, their recently built £200 million youth training complex arguably rivals Barcelona’s famous La Masia set-up.
So, while nabbing City’s scouts may be a step in the right direction, United still have a lot of catching up to do. Besides, such a shallow tactic serves to show how embarrassingly low on ideas the club is running.
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